Grants and Funding


Financial Support for Individuals and Families

Direct financial support is available for households struggling with their finances.

Homelessness Service

Our Homelessness Service has funding available to help tenants from the private rented sector, people in social housing and owner occupiers avoid becoming homeless. It can help:

  • Pay some rent and mortgage arrears
  • Provide support to help you stay in your home
  • With debts on utility bills and Council Tax

If you're a Maidstone resident and at risk of losing your home, please visit our housing pages for advice, information and details about how to contact our Housing Advice Team.

Discretionary Housing Payment

If you need more help to pay your rent you may be able to have a Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP).

These payments are paid at our discretion and will help to support you if you're struggling with your finances.

For more information visit our Benefits Financial Support page.

Exceptional Hardship Policy

Our Exceptional Hardship Policy is there to assist residents who’ve applied for a Council Tax reduction and are facing exceptional hardship, where the support we’re already providing doesn’t meet the full Council Tax liability.

If you’re struggling to pay your Council Tax you may be able to apply for an Exceptional Hardship Payment.

For more information visit our Benefits Financial Support page.

Funding for Community Groups

Community Resilience Fund

Logo for the Community Resilience Fund

The pandemic has gone on for a lot longer than we first imagined, deeply impacting our communities. Particularly those experiencing loneliness, social isolation or poor mental health.

We've launched the Community Resilience Fund of £160,000 to help local voluntary and community organisations recover from the impacts that Covid-19 has had on their services.

We'll distribute the fund in three rounds over 12 months. You can apply for funding of between £500 and £5,000. It's a one-off payment aimed at projects that'll benefit the residents of Maidstone. The amount you get will be based on your organisations individual needs.

The extra money should help support your work with residents, particularly those who may have become vulnerable because of the pandemic.

What type of projects are covered by the fund?

Projects covered could include:

  • Befriending schemes to tackle loneliness
  • Employability schemes for residents that have faced unemployment caused by the pandemic
  • Grassroots sports clubs who need funding to purchase kit and equipment for children to encourage increased fitness and mental wellbeing
  • Schemes designed to encourage residents to access nature for exercise and wellbeing
  • Support schemes targeting residents whose mental health has suffered because of loneliness or isolation due to the pandemic
  • Youth groups providing recreation opportunities for young people

Applications should be able to demonstrate:

  • How they will support people in the community
  • Who will be supported
  • How it will be delivered
  • What impact it'll have on people’s health and wellbeing

The first round of funding has now closed. Further funding is expected to open in early summer, please check back.

If you have any questions about the fund or need the application form in another format please email communityresiliencefund@maidstone.gov.uk.

Other Grants and Funding

Kent Community Foundation

Kent Community Foundation has been finding, funding, and supporting some of the smallest voluntary organisations in the county for 20 years.

It has distributed over £45 million to support thousands of small charities and deserving causes, where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.

They're part of a UK wide accredited network of 47 Community Foundations, who are all committed to improving the lives of local people and communities. Particularly the most vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged by matching those who want to help, with those who need it.

For more information visit the Kent Community Foundation website

Kent 4 Community

Free to register search tool for helping you to seek out grants, awards and other funding which may be relevant to your organisation.

For more information visit the Kent 4 Community website